George insists comments were intended to motivate Pacers

It was the worst of times.

James finished with 41 points to help the reigning National Basketball Association champion Cavaliers come back from a 26-point deficit to stun IN 119-114 IN game three of their first round series. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reached another milestone on Thursday by passing Kobe first third-most points in the National Basketball Association playoffs. His body language has to improve - just for the team. "We're playing for pride now".

But when you have LeBron James on your side, anything is possible (to borrow a quote from Kevin Garnett). He ended the night with 41 points on 14-for-27 shooting (6-for-12 from three), 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. In a remarkable comeback against the Indiana Pacers, the team has one more win before moving on to the second round. Over the final 4:37 of the quarter, Cleveland put together a 17-4 run. He finished with 19 points and eight boards.

However, something happened during the halftime break and things flipped in the second half to the tune of a 26-point comeback by Cleveland that matched the NBA Playoff record. The Pacers came away with a 42-40 record in the regular season.

The Pacers led by 10 after one quarter, then increased their lead to 50-36 with 5:54 remaining in the second quarter. "We don't take it for granted". The first got the margin down to 14, only to see IN hit a pair of 3-pointers to push its lead back up to 20 points at 87-67.

If there was ever a game to point to as a "This is why Paul George will leave", this is certainly the one.

11 points and 5 rebounds.

"(Love and Irving) were okay with it", Lue said. We all know that Lance is an emotional guy.

Love didn't mind cheering from the bench.

"It's been our mentality all year - next man up - and Shump has been playing all year", he said.

"We need to be focused, angry and desperate", Frye said.

Twice, Indiana had chances to beat defending champion Cleveland on its home court. Try to empower them, try to make them better, try to make them believe we can be great every night. It was the most points the Cavs have given up in a half in franchise history in the playoffs. The teams traded leads on each of the next four baskets, but after George's 3 with 5:15 to go gave IN a 104-103 lead, James scored on a layup that started a 12-5 run to seal it.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are just that much better than the Indiana Pacers. James eclipsed Bryant Thursday when he made a three-pointer to increase his playoff tally to 5,641 points from 202 postseason games.

Shumpert limited IN star Paul George to just four points IN the third quarter Monday when the Cavs built a 19-point lead. They have lost large leads late in games.

LeBron James owns the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Channing Frye had 13, Kyle Korver had 12 and Deron Williams had five points.

The Cavs also got no help from Irving's improved three point shooting. The Cavs shot 47.7 percent from distance on 21-of-44 attempts. Jeff Teague even hit a few shots.

Helping Out: The Cavs had 23 assists, with LeBron James leading with 12.

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